Monthly Archive: April 2014

Name By Sound, People

This is fascinating data and analysis of a naming trend that’s gotten out of hand, making names ending in N the overwhelming choice for boys. A big factor is rhyming name families, including sets of the same name with many spellings. Take all the spellings and call them one name, and something like Jayden, a name I only heard of for the first time several years ago, is up in popularity with the classic popular names. When the wife and I were picking names, apart from two of them being homages, we pointedly tried for ones that were not in the top 100. By sound, not spelling. We even preferred middle names that wouldn’t be too popular, without being weird or hard to spell, either.

Creepy photos of abandoned malls.


TBH, as a Life After People addict, these didn’t strike me as all that terribly creepy…except the one that awesome scene from The Blues Brothers was filmed in. New Oldsmobiles are in early this year. And God help us, now we live in a Life After Oldsmobile. And I’ll have to explain that line to my kids. And the passage of time is sometimes staggering.

Which, come to think of it, is exactly what these pictures are about.